Unstable HD output on iMX6 Quad Plus Board

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Unstable HD output on iMX6 Quad Plus Board

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Contributor II

Have upgraded our iMX6 based product from Quad to QuadPlus:

- Everything works, BUT video output is unstable (i.e. flicks to all black randomly) at high resolutions, e.g. 1920x1080

- At 1024x768, output is 100% stable.

- Both Parallel RGB and HDMI outputs are affected identically

- Reducing pixclk down to 120MHz (from stock 138MHz) improves the situation a bit, but does not fix it.

- memtester is rock solid, as is every other type of software I have tried, including heavy multithreaded OpenCV ML stuff.

- Tried upping and lowering ARM/SOC & 2.5V supplies (via the standard PF0100 PMIC), without any change.

- Changing to LDO bypass mode doesn't make it better or worse

- Adding extra bypassing to SOC_CAP didn't help at all.

- Scoping all power rails shows clean and in-spec voltages.

- Adding extra bypassing to SOC_CAP didn't help at all.

- Loading up the system up, with either a memory tester or an OpenGL app, makes it

worse,  leading me to suspect memory bandwidth issue.  Raw CPU load that uses no memory doesn't affect the output.

- memtester seems to run at a slightly greater speed than the Quad boards, indicating greater memory bandwidth is available on the QuadPlus boards.

- AXI priorities in NoC and the GPR regs seem to be set up sensibly.

- Linux 4.9.128  Uboot 2018.07-32726, both derived from Boundaries Devices's Git.

- 64bit 1G DDR3 memory

- No kernel message during flicker events, though these messages are in the log:

imx-ipuv3 2400000.ipu: IPU Warning - IPU_INT_STAT_10 = 0x00080000
imx-ipuv3 2400000.ipu: IPU Warning - IPU_INT_STAT_5 = 0x08800000

Have I missed something important? 

I'm not sure if it's HW, or an IPU datapath setup issue, or something else?  I'm fishing for ideas for avenues to pursue at this point...

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Contributor II

Update: I have obtained a QuadPlus Wandboard, which has a very similar design, but it does not exhibit any fault using the same kernel, software, and a nearly identical device tree. However running my u-boot on the Wandboard show up the same fault, so it's probably a DDR setup issue with the version of u-boot I have.   Will track down the working version that came with the wandboard and re-compile it for my board.


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NXP Employee

Hi Tony

one can check EB828 MMDC & NoC Configuration for Optimal DDR3 Performance


and memory profile tool About MMDC Profiling Tool for i.MX6 

mmdc\test - imx-test - i.MX Driver Test Application Software 

Also try with nxp linux from linux-imx - i.MX Linux kernel 

Linux documentation
i.MX Software | NXP 

Note, boundaries devices's software is supported by boundary devices directly


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